In Kenyan hip-hop, few records dig into introspection like “Big Fat Cheque” by Breeder LW. His wide catalog shows the hunger for success that rivals Betty Kyalo’s pursuit of rich dicks

With personal lyrics accompanied by haunting piano melodies that bring unbearable emotions, “Big Fat Cheque” by Breeder serves as an awakening. It’s a journey into the heart of an artist grappling with his identity lifting the mask on fans who’ve most questions including Breeder’s age. (He’s a Manchester City fan).

Breeder LW’s War With Fans on X

Before we dive into the nitty gritty of Breeder’s track, let’s address a rather unexpected skirmish that brewed up on X.  It all kicked off when a fan, C4RL!TO, dared to challenge Breeder’s versatility with a simple yet provocative statement, “Nitaskiza @Breeder_LW_ ile siku atachange flow.” While Breeder came out on top in the ensuing back and forth, there’s a nugget of truth in C4RL!TO’s words that even I can’t ignore.

Now, hold off on the violence for just a moment. Let me lay out my take on this. While it’s true that Breeder might not switch up his flow within a single track like some might expect, let’s not overlook his broader versatility.

Name a genre, and chances are Breeder has dipped his toe into it – He’s done freestyles, Gengetone, Drill, Trap, BoomBap, Dancehall, Ohangla, Kapuka, Rhumba, you name it. That’s quite monumental, wouldn’t you agree?

Let’s zoom in on “Big Fat Cheque” by Breeder. This track cuts deeper than even the most personal tracks like “Otan” by Sarkodie. Think Tupac or DMX pouring out their souls, that’s the level of raw honesty we’re talking about here.

Found at the tail end of the 2022 album “Vibes & Ting,” “Big Fat Cheque” by Breeder is a standout piece. And let’s not forget about another gem from the album, Tulifanya Nini Jana featuring Masauti. In “Big Fat Cheque”, Breeder’s flow is the same throughout but it doesn’t take away the fact that the track is one of the illest joints in Kenyan hip-hop.

To help him convey his deep message, Breeder turned to the expertise of producer Vinc, who has helped craft beats for some of Kenya’s hip-hop heavyweights.

Dissecting “Big Fat Cheque” by Breeder LW

Breeder’s authenticity punches listeners right in the gut as he spits, “ningeomoka na futa before nikakosa kujituma nikaflop.”

Soccer is a recurring theme in most of his songs. It reflects a passion for the beautiful game. Yet, amidst his self-blame for past blunders, a rarity among Kenyan rappers, you can’t ignore the broader societal critique embedded in his words.

Breeder’s cry speaks volumes about a system that prioritizes foreign content over nurturing local talent. While soccer might’ve been a tempting path, Breeder found his true calling in music.

Watch “Big Fat Cheque” by Breeder

Breeder doesn’t hold back as he sketches an ugly picture of the true Kenyan society. With lines like, “Arif Engineering graduate lakini ako mtaani anakinda mabulldog,” it means education amounts to nothing in this country, leaving graduates disheartened. The line is a scathing attack on a system stinking with inequality and injustice wrapped in a cycle of unfulfilled promises.

“Big Fat Cheque” by Breeder also exposes his inner workings and reveals the mentality that drives the artist. “Bidii bidii ndio najua nikisema inakua ni sure” confirms the hunger for success and unyielding ambition that defines Breeder’s career.

Key Lines From “Big Fat Cheque” by Breeder LW

This track holds two key lines worth highlighting. First up, “pesa imelost mashake on sale wanauzia nani hizo acre.” It’s a blatant reflection of the rampant corruption and inequality in Kenya.

Ever wondered how, in a struggling nation, land sales are booming? Where’s the money coming from if not from shady deals? It’s a hard question that demands answers.

Then there’s the pressure Breeder feels from his mother to succeed as time ticks away. It’s a situation many can relate to; feeling the weight of expectations from family while trying to carve out our path to success.

The second pivotal line is, “budangu alijam nilimlet down I hope ataunderstand me si pilot engineer ama surgeon but I’m still the man…,” Here, Breeder LW speaks from the deepest part of his soul.

He acknowledges the weight of disappointing his father by choosing a path in music. No other rapper in the Kenyan hip-hop scene talks like this. Breeder’s level of authenticity only compares to Quavo’s heartfelt words on “Motorsport,” “faced my fears, gave my momma tears.” It reveals the artist’s inner turmoil and we appreciate Breeder’s courage to share his deepest struggles with the world. 

AntyVirus AV deserves praise for his masterful direction of the music video. His decision to incorporate the scene with Breeder solemnly kneeling for the Sacrament of Penance, adds depth to the visuals.

For those who have yet to listen to “Big Fat Cheque” by Breeder LW, expect nothing but realness, and authenticity.

RATING: 3.5 Out Of 5

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